Doctors from the USA and Europe regularly come to China to carry out complicated procedures on newborns and children in the metropolitan areas, being a part of the CTOverseas initiative.
80 million people live in Germany, and many German people consider our country to be densely populated. In China, however, the situation is very different. The area around Guangzhou, the third largest city in China, inhabits three times the total population of Germany - 240 million people.
As huge as the region and the entire country are, there is a lack of special knowledge to carry out complex colorectal procedures on newborns and children. That's why the organization CTOverseas regularly brings specialists of pediatric surgery to China. For example, back in 2013, the experts from US and Prof. Dr. med. Martin Lacher from Germany, treated 20 children in Guangzhou. They suffered anorectal malformations and Hirschsprung's disease. "By coincidence, a child with a congenital occlusion of the esophagus was born in the hospital exactly at this time," says the head of the Department of Pediatric Surgery at the University Hospital Leipzig. "So I was able to carry out the first minimally invasive correction of the condition in Guangzhou and demonstrate this new technique of pediatric surgery in the operating room to our Chinese colleagues." The interventions and the exchange of know-how were supplemented by CTO seminars for the local doctors. On this basis, they will be able to carry out such and similar complex interventions themselves.
It was a great honor for me to hear from you about the minimally invasive treatment of the esophagus. The baby has now fully recovered from the treatment. "
Qiu-ming He, neonatal surgeon at the Guangzhou Women and Children Hospital, in a letter to Prof. Dr. med Martin Lacher.